Executive Thoughts: Sebastian Vos on the 2020 Bar Exams


Sebastian Vos, CEO of ExamSoft

There is no doubt that 2020 has been an unusual year to say the least. And as we approach an October delivery of many State Bar Exams, it causes me to reflect on ExamSoft’s history with State Bar Exams, as well as the shift to alternative forms of exam delivery. As many of our clients know, our company was started nearly 22 years ago by two Bar examinees who took the two-day exam with a pencil and paper and finished feeling that there had to be a better way. That legacy of wanting the best experience for Bar applicants continues today.

Our mission at ExamSoft is to create innovative assessment solutions that meet the needs of both exam-takers and exam-creators. To date, we have had more than 63 million exams successfully uploaded – we say this not to be boastful, but to instill confidence in our current and future exam-takers and clients. It is no secret that we have had our fair share of bumps along the way. Try as hard as we might, we aren’t perfect. Despite any difficulties we have encountered in the past, our software has never given false results nor lost exam answers. We have learned from every single completed exam, all 63 million of them. That cumulative knowledge can be seen in everything we do and is why we feel confident in our exam delivery ability today.

With our beginnings rooted in the State Bar Exams, we also understand the importance of high-stakes certification assessments, and how they are so critical to the livelihoods and futures of the applicants. Additionally, it means we understand the need for synchronous exam delivery on a large scale. As of August 18, we have delivered more than 982,000 proctored exams for 2020 alone. We delivered approximately 167,000 of those proctored exams simultaneously and remotely for a single high-stakes assessment across a diverse population and dispersed geographic location.

We can’t speak to how other providers work or what their capabilities are, but we know that we are working diligently without compromise to provide a reliable, secure experience for clients who choose to use our software.

Ultimately, it is up to our clients – whether high schools, universities, certification bodies, or jurisdictions – to decide how and when to use our software. But we continue to iterate, and we continue to add new features. Some are highly visible like the new question types and rubric grading abilities recently released, while others are nuanced like the continual increases in infrastructure and security. We fight off bad actors who try to maliciously affect other people’s experiences, and we continually work to provide the right tools and resources to help people learn and grow from assessment.

We are committed to helping make all exams taken and delivered via our platform safe, secure, and easy-to-use.

Sebastian Vos
CEO of ExamSoft

Published: September 1, 2020

Updated: July 17, 2023

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